An Interview with Nashville Pussy

By Andrew Epstein (

Nashville Pussy Heavy Montreal 2014 Photo by Eva Blue 11

Photo by Eva Blue

Lying awake before the second day of Heavy Montreal I ruminated over my upcoming interview with Nashville Pussy. Like many a young person in the 90s I was first exposed to the band as they raised a mildly arousing eyebrow travelling across North America with Marilyn Manson and Monster Magnet. For many mainstream critics their Southern rock grooves, trucker hats, and partial nudity didn’t jive with the more polished riffs and looks of the day. Flash forward over 15 years since their underground smash debut Let Them Eat Pussy, and both their sound and look seem like the norm in rock and roll. It suddenly occurs to me that Nashville Pussy were ridiculously ahead of their time.

After their set on the Apocalypse Stage early in the afternoon, I sat down with husband and wife guitar duo Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys along with new bassist Bonnie Buitrago to talk about their unacknowledged influence, their new energetic album Up The Dosage, and how they may have inadvertently influenced one of Madonna’s most successful fashion choices

Nashville Pussy will be on tour in Europe and the UK throughout October and November.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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